Happy Thursday, BABs! Today’s CAI/GOI request is from reader Jenny, who is searching for a Rue de Seine “Haze” look-alike for under £1,000 (approximately $1,300) and available in the UK. She writes:
“Hi, I really love Rue de Seine’s Haze dress but only have a budget of max £1000. Do you know of any similar but cheaper dresses out there & available in the UK?
The Rue de Seine gowns are very popular with BABers, and it’s not hard too see why. Each of the gown designs are gorgeous and have a unique flair to them. In this case, the embroidered skirt look provides an extra ‘Je ne sais pas’ to make it truly unique. Jenny, you are in the UK, and I will try my best. Most online shops will chip worldwide, but I’ll do my best to look around for UK shops as well. I’ll focus on that textured skirt that the Haze gown has going for it. Wish me luck!
Rue de Seine’s Haze gown
Pandora Wedding Dress; £495 (approx. $640) by Phase Eight
The Josephine; $850 (approx. £650) by Fame and Partners
The Kensie; $700 (approx. £540) by Fame and Partners
Naya Dress; $350 (approx. £270) by BHLDN
Aurora Gown; $1,000 (approx. £770) by BHLDN
A Star is Born Embellished Sheer Insert Long Sleeve Maxi Dress; $550 (approx. £425) by ASOS
Pearl Katherine Wedding Dress; £395 (approx. $510) by Phase Eight
Anabella frilled bridal dress; £360(approx. $465) by Nine by Savannah Miller Ivory
Aura wedding dress; £550 (approx. $710) by Phase Eight
Andi Lace Dress; £364 (approx. $470) by BCBG MAXAZRIA
Marilyne swirl lace cutout gown; £300 (approx. $400) by BCBG MAXAZRIA
Isolde; £950(approx. $1225) by Rebecca Ingram
Each of these textured or embroidered gown offers something unique. What do you think, Jenny? Anything strike your fancy?
Got a gown that you just can’t get off your mind? We’re happy to help you get over it! Just tell us in the comments below! Please remember to include the budget you’re working with so we can find you the best alternative for you. Please be aware, though, that because you guys love this column so much, we can often build up quite the queue and it may be a while before we can get to your dream dress. Rest assured, though, Team Broke-Ass is on the case!
*As always, please do your own research before buying a gown online. Team Broke-Ass is here to provide you with inspiration and resources, but it is up to the consumer to know what they’re purchasing.
Early in my engagement, literally in the first few months of adorning my new bling, I shared with friends that I planned to plant a rose garden and DIY my wedding bouquet and flowers. Of course everyone thought that I was crazy and that eventually the idea would fade as I began to make decisions and evaluate how much time I would have during the week of the wedding.
Well they were right, kind of right …
I aborted the idea of growing my own garden but secretly I held on to the idea of DIYing my flowers. I tried to do it the traditional way: I made appointments to look at florist portfolios, I invested hours in explaining my “vision” and I reviewed a pile of quotes. At the end of the day, I returned to my original DIY decision! Now I just need to narrow down where I will purchase the flowers. I did some research and explored lots of options, It’s By U caught my eye and I decided to give them a try. Once my sample bouquet arrived, I quickly discovered …
Five ways to avoid a DIY bouquet meltdown.
1. Delivery timing is EVERYTHING! The contact at It’s By U asked me if a Saturday delivery would work and I thought that it would be perfect. I just didn’t think about the flowers being delivered to the leasing office, the FEDEX notification email landing in my inbox after the leasing office was closed and my fresh flowers sitting in the office until Monday at 10 a.m. because the office was closed on Sunday. Lesson learned! When I order my flowers for the wedding I will think about all of the potential risks and plan ahead for them. It’s very important that you get your flowers in water ASAP so that they remain hydrated. The upside is that once I picked up the flowers, I immediately put them on water and they were still in good shape.
I immediately placed the flowers in the kitchen sink to hydrate!
2. While my flowers were soaking up some water, I began to read through all of the instructions and supplies that were included with my delivery. This is a VERY important step! If you think that you can just create your bouquet based on the pictures that you have seen on Pinterest, you may be in for a surprise. I learned everything from the way that you should cut your stems to the proper way to hold the stems in order to achieve the shape that I wanted. It’s by U covers all bases to ensure that you have what you need to be successful. The instructions were on paper, in my email inbox and on a Youtube video.
Detailed instructions from It’s By U
3. Next up, I prepared my working space. Parchment paper or newspaper is a good idea because loose stems and leaves were all over the place. I would DEFINITELY recommend laying everything out so you have all you need right in front of you. The flowers need to stay near water because you don’t want to pause while you are in the middle of the process. Also, this is not a task that should be done while watching Lifetime. I had to pay attention to the Youtube video while keeping my paper instructions nearby and there was no room for multitasking.
Setting up my space
4. Once I started to make my bouquet, I gave myself GRACE — remember this is not your day job. It’s OK if you make a mistake or two. If I didn’t like the shape or I forgot to add the berry fillers, I would just start over. Also, I could appreciate that in the instruction video, they give you a heads up that it may take two or three attempts before you make a perfect bouquet. Basically your wedding day bouquet should not be the first time you embark on this journey. I plan to pick up some flowers from the grocery store once a week and each time do a little practice session. I might even try making corsages next!
Practice makes perfect!
5. Last but certainly not least, once you are done, the #1 way to avoid a meltdown is to CELEBRATE your success! You did it! It may not be perfect but you tried. I immediately took a picture and sent it to my bridesmaid GroupMe. They were authentic and supportive and it was just what I needed to stay motivated. After I cleaned everything up, I dropped the bouquet in a vase, poured a glass of wine and put my feet up.
Not too bad for a first try!
Are you taking on any big wedding day DIYs? How are you avoiding a DIY meltdown?